Bryant, Lakers close out Jazz with 107-96 win

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—The 3-pointers, slam dunks and Kobe Bryant’s fadeaway jumper as he fell on his backside were all impressive.

The Los Angeles Lakers letting the Utah Jazz shave a 22-point lead all the way down to six wasn’t quite as cool.

Bryant and the Lakers are moving on in the NBA playoffs—as if that was really in doubt. It’s just that even as they ran away from the Jazz 107-96 on Monday night, they still left some questions about their defense. Continue reading

Bryant’s back: Lakers beat Jazz 108-94

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—It took Kobe Bryant only a few minutes to end his shooting slump.

Bryant scored Los Angeles’ first 11 points and once his teammates joined in, the Lakers overwhelmed the Jazz 108-94 on Saturday night and moved within one game of advancing to the second round. Continue reading

Lakers defeat Jazz 119-109 to take 2-0 series lead

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Utah Jazz played better and it still didn’t matter.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Lamar Odom had 19 off the bench in the Lakers’ 119-109 victory over the Jazz on Tuesday night, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 first-round Western Conference playoff series. Continue reading

Lakers beat Jazz 113-100 to win playoff opener

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Pardon Phil Jackson’s lack of enthusiasm for how the Los Angeles Lakers played in the second half. They piled up 62 points on Utah in the first half, then got outscored over the final 24 minutes. “It wasn’t a coach’s delight, that’s for sure,” he said. But his players sure liked the outcome, a 113-100 victory over the Jazz in the teams’ playoff opener Sunday. Continue reading

Lakers beat Kings to move within half-game of Cavs

 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—This fourth-quarter performance left the Los Angeles Lakers in a joking mood instead of a steamed one.

One game after nearly blowing a big lead to a lowly opponent, the Lakers had no problems closing out the NBA-worst Sacramento Kings in a 122-104 victory Tuesday night that moved them within a half-game of Cleveland for the best record in the NBA. Continue reading

Lakers notch 61st win—barely—over Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Phil Jackson had warned the Lakers not to overlook the lowly Los Angeles Clippers. What he didn’t count on was his team’s errant offense.

Lamar Odom had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 18 points and the Lakers won 88-85 Sunday night to remain a game behind Cleveland for the NBA’s best record. Continue reading

Lakers pick up win No. 60

 

                   

LOS ANGELES (AP)—With six games left in the season and the Lakers already in the playoffs, Phil Jackson still won’t take his foot off the gas.

Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers picked up their 60th victory by beating the Houston Rockets 93-81 on Friday night. Continue reading

Magic throttle Cavaliers, James

 

  

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Never in LeBron James’ entire basketball life could he recall being down by more than 40 points.

Not in the NBA. Not in high school. Not even playing pickup basketball as a kid. Continue reading

Bynum Warmup Video

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Lakers center Andrew Bynum went through his traditional pregame warmup Friday night at STAPLES Center for the first time since he hurt his knee on Jan. 31st at Memphis. Continue reading

Andrew Bynum back at work

 

    

EL SEGUNDO – Now that all the fallout is over (is it really over?) from injured Laker center Andrew Bynum’s recent visit to the Playboy mansion, more important issues can be address.

Such as, when will Bynum’s right knee be healthy enough for him to return to action? Continue reading

Bryant, Gasol lead Lakers past Bucks

 

         

Kobe Bryant hadn’t been playing his best basketball of the season coming into the Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee, the final of seven straight games away from Los Angeles. In fact, in his last nine games, Bryant had shot over 50 percent just twice. Continue reading

Bobcats beat Lakers again

 

         

What exactly is it about the Bobcats that’s made them the only other team not named “Boston” to have a winning record against the Lakers?

Does L.A. simply overlook them more than they do other troubled franchises? Do the Bobcats, like Portland and Utah, just save their top level of effort for the purple and gold? Continue reading

Mark Cuban Fined for Twitter Comments

 

                   

The NBA’s true maverick has been fined $25,000 for his recent comments on Twitter. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently used the social networking tool to voice his anger at league officiating after Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Cuban’s “tweets” referred to an altercation between Nuggets player J. R. Smith and Mavs player Antoine Wright.

First post (7:25 p . m . , March 27):

how do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground ? Continue reading

Hawks hold off Kobe and the Lakers

 

   

ATLANTA (AP)—It was the kind of shot Kobe Bryant might make—a 3-pointer that bounces high off the rim, ricochets off the top of the backboard, then drops through.

Mike Bibby was the one who pulled it off Sunday.

Bibby scored 21 points and buried Los Angeles with his improbable 3, leading the Atlanta Hawks to an 86-76 victory in which they took advantage of an ailing Bryant and dropped the Lakers farther behind Cleveland in the race for the NBA’s best overall record.

The playoff-bound Hawks led nearly the entire way, rebounding from consecutive home losses to two other elite teams, San Antonio and defending champion Boston. For Los Angeles, it was the lowest-scoring game of the season. Continue reading

Bryant Day-to-Day with Ankle Sprain

 

Upon colliding with Nets guard Devin Harris late in the second quarter of L.A.’s 103-95 win in New Jersey, Kobe Bryant sprained his right ankle and left the floor under his own power. Continue reading

Gasol scores 36 as Lakers clinch top seed in West

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Pau Gasol had a season-high 36 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 103-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

Shaking off some uncharacteristic poor shooting early and a sprained right ankle before halftime, Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and added nine assists as the Lakers (58-14) won their fifth straight. Continue reading

Bryant scores 30 points, Lakers beat Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP)—Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers score the last 20 points of the third quarter in a 92-77 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

The Western Conference-leading Lakers have won four straight to pull within a victory of Cleveland’s NBA-high total of 58, and five in a row on the road for a league-high 26 this season. Continue reading

Lakers rest starters in 107-89 blowout of Thunder

 

            

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—Kobe Bryant scored 19 points before taking the fourth quarter off, and the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 107-89 win against theOklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

 

The Lakers led from start to finish for the ninth time this season and closed within one game of idle Cleveland for the best record in the NBA. Continue reading

Bryant leads Lakers over Bulls

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CHICAGO (AP)—The Los Angeles Lakers are having trouble lately hanging onto big leads. They had no problem erasing one, however.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Pau Gasol added 23 and the Lakers rallied for a 117-109 victory Saturday over the Chicago Bulls in the first of a season-high, seven-game trip.

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NBA2k9 16ft9 giant Kobe Bryant take on celtics

in this case it’s more efficient to block your opponents by moving your feet than jumping around.